Sunday, October 31, 2010

Tii Cafe - San Jose

Originally we were going to Thien Long next door but due to the line there we decided to check out the other restaurants in the area. We walked pass Tii cafe and saw that they offer noodles beside tea/drinks and decided to walk in.

The girl behind the cashier was friendly and helped us through the ordering process. We couldn't decide which snacks to order due to the long menu list they had. Believe me, it could be overwhelming. She told us the popular one which was the combo and we could pick three to try. Awesome !

So me and hubby got to try kimchi ramen with egg and minced pork noodle (dry). Those were combos and we got to pick either black or green tea as the beverage. For only $6.99 each, it was a good deal. Then for the snack combos, we tried salt pepper chicken, fried tofu and octopus ball. Yumm.

We like the kimchi ramen and minced pork noodle. The kimchi ramen was spicy enough for our taste and fragrant of garlic from the kimchi. The minced pork noodle was served with a bit pickled cucumber. It kinda reminded me of jajangmyun (the chinese influenced korean black bean noodle).

All in all, it was a good and very filling lunch. We even had to take a box to wrap up our left over snack. Good deal.

Tii Cafe
3005 Silver Creek Rd Ste 136 San Jose, CA 95121
(408) 223-2388

Friday, October 22, 2010

Sushi One - Milpitas

We were there on a gloomy Sunday afternoon. There was a big grand opening sign outside. We looked at the menu and hubby was interested in their ramen. Yummy for cold rainy day. We almost didn't make it in because there was nobody inside. But I convinced hubby to try since I need stuff to write for my blog. :)

When we walked in, there was no greetings. The only person behind the counter had his back on us and didn't know that we were there. We waited a minute and decided to say hi instead. He turned around and quickly seated us. While we looked at the menu, a bowl of edamame was brought out. It turned out later on that was complimentary ! It was a very nice gesture.

I got a #9 bento combo - salmon teriyaki, tempura and california roll. Hubby got char siu ramen. My bento box was a really good value. Soo much food and I got to try so many different things. The teriyaki salmon though was a bit bland. Hubby didn't like his ramen. It didn't taste like ramen and the only thing ramen about it was the noodle they used. The broth and the condiments was more like a Chinese style noodle. Well, I guess it could pass as a fusion style ramen. The ramen came with a bowl of fried rice. I guess that's what lured us - or hubby in. He missed the ramen we had in Shinjuku where the ramen was served with a bowl of fried rice. But unfortunately, the experience wasn't even close to that.

All in all it was a good value. The food wasn't very authentic. It's more like fusion. When we got the bill, it seemed to me that there was discount given, maybe due to the grand opening. For sure we won't go back.

Sushi One
217 W Calaveras Blvd  Milpitas, CA 95035   (408) 719-8882

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Poklat's Lugawan Republic - Milpitas

We were there on Sunday afternoon to try out their lunch buffet. Its location on the strip mall could make parking a little bit of challenge. Especially that day, the business next door had a special opening celebration. We found a street parking on the residential street down the road.

Upon entering the restaurant, there were a few tables occupied and we could see the buffet tables along one of the wall. There were nobody to seat us so I went ahead to the lady behind the cashier and asked if we should seat ourselves. Beside the tables inside, there were also patio seatings on the side of the restaurant. We chose a table at the corner and hit the buffet table.

Most of the dishes on the table didn't look familiar to both me and hubby. I only knew the beef stew but the rest of the dishes tasted very homely to us. There were sardines in tomato sauce and fried chicken (the bomb !) that totally stood out. There were also rice porridge that was tasty. Even though hubby complaint that it was too gooey. All in all we felt that Filipino cuisine was very much influenced by Chinese cuisine. I would go back other time to try other dishes to get to know more of the cuisine.

Poklat's Lugawan Republic
1466 N Milpitas Blvd, Milpitas, CA 95035 (408) 905-2243

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Namu, Ferry Building Farmer's Market - San Francisco

I've been wanting to check out this stall since I saw it a couple of weeks ago. Finally the chance arrived. We lined up and placed our order and stepped aside to wait. There was nobody lining up when we got there. Compared to other stall, the line was nothing. There was a moment of doubt to the quality of the food. But as we were waiting, I saw the order was actually lined up inside waiting to be prepared. I guess they have more efficient way of managing orders.

We shared two Korean tacos and a gamja fries. The Korean tacos was actually a sheet of nori (seaweed) with like two tablespoon of rice topped with chopped meat, a bit of like diced tomato, green onion and finished off with sprinkle of sesame seeds. The taste ? yummy. The concept is so simple but packed with great flavor.

Gamja fries was another interesting idea. Fries with chopped meat drizzled with mayo and teriyaki sauce. Topped off with gochujang (korean style pepper paste) and a few green onion. Voila... I swear I'll never look at fries the same way again.

Ferry Building Marketplace

One Ferry Building
San Francisco, California 94111
(415) 983-8030

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Layang Layang - San Jose

Went there on Friday night. There were people sitting outside the two benches outside waiting. Our total wait was around 20 mins so it wasn’t bad. The place is small and tables are so close to each other. My nephew was elbowed a couple of times by one kid that sat behind him. And my back almost touched the table behind me. It didn’t feel that we have privacy at all.

We ordered char kwe tiau (fried wide rice noodle), roti canai, nyonya fish (fried tilapia with mango, onion and bell pepper), hainamese chicken,, fried kangkung, nasi lemak and rojak. All in all the food was tamed and felt like there’s something missing. Char kwe tiau was prepared with smaller noodle instead of wide and the noodle was dry noodle instead of fresh so the taste was different.

Roti canai was a big hit with two kids in our group that night. It was fun to eat. They tore off the roti and dipped it into the curry sauce that accompanying it. The curry sauce was more on the sweet side. It's still tasty.

Since we recently just checked out Banana Leaf (Vancouver), the nasi lemak here couldn't even come close to the one in Vancouver. The nasi lemak in Layang Layang only came with rendang, a few peanuts, sliced hard boiled eggs. A bit on the stingy side.

Layang Layang
1480 S De Anza Blvd, San Jose, CA 95129   (408) 777-8897